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I am an experienced online journalist and political editor working for Trinity Mirror papers in the West Midlands and the North East, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster.

I understand how government, Parliament and political parties work. I am equally at home digging out stories from data, social media or interviews as I am covering major set-piece events or explaining how things work to readers.

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Politics News: Second arrest in Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' probe

A second man has been arrested in connection with the Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" affair.

The 23-year-old, who is not a police officer or a member of police staff, was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of intentionally encouraging or assisting the commission of an indictable offence on or around December...

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West Midlands News: Birmingham leaders demand better funding after attack by Pickles

Birmingham’s leaders are demanding an urgent meeting with Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles over a huge seven per cent cut to the city’s budget.

Services face being slashed with hundreds of redundancies as Mr Pickles announced details of the Birmingham City Council’s budget up to 2015.

The bombshell announcement means...

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Police pledge to find truth behind allegations of 'plebgate' deceit

Scotland Yard has vowed to "get to the truth" of allegations that a police officer falsely claimed to have witnessed the "plebgate" row that led to Andrew Mitchell being forced to quit as Chief Whip.

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Eric Pickles: Luvvies complain about library closures

We have a detailed interview with Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles lined up for Thursday's Post, in which he insists local authorities - and not the Government - are to blame for cutting services.

But he was also on outspoken form in the Commons on Monday when he was questioned by a Midland MP, as Hansard records:

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West Midlands News: Andrew Mitchell refutes pleb comment again as officer is arrested

Andrew Mitchell has insisted once again that he never did describe police as “plebs” – after an officer was arrested over allegations that details of the row were leaked to newspapers.

A constable in the Diplomatic Protection Group was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of misconduct in public office and...

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Police officer arrested over leaked Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' comments

A police officer has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in public office over the leak of information to newspapers about Tory former chief whip Andrew Mitchell's tirade at officers on Downing Street.

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More Columnists: Jonathan Walker: Concern over 'welfare' of the workers

Prime Minister's Questions this week was dominated by a topic which may well be debated right up to the next election - has George Osborne hit working families in the pocket?

His Autumn Statement included plans to increase most benefits by just one per cent a year, over the next...

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Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

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